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Vol. XXVI, No. 533, 534 A publication of John Jay College of Criminal Justice/CUNY May 15/31, 2000

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In this issue:

Around The Nation: A coast-to-coast roundup of police news.
Ins & outs: Court’s new rule on traffic stops.
Play it again, Sam: IACP seeks reprise of ’65 landmark report.
Shot in the arm: New advocacy group helps push community policing.
Maine attraction: Pine Tree State’s allure for out-of-state sex offenders.
Turn of the cons: Sting takes down bogus telemarketing scam.
Dying trend: Number of slain cops hits an all-time low.
Avast, matey! Taking aim at drug-running speedboats.
Sending in reinforcements: National Guard gets the call against meth labs.
People & Places: A 6-year-old trips up the Miami PD; police force takes a walk; award-winning police leaders; changing times in Minnesota; doing it by the book; Baltimore tries a New York approach.
Getting their act together: Agencies network to fight on-line crime
Laptop detectives: Police agencies reach out to civilian “cybersleuths
Slamming a door: Supreme Court says “nuts” to Violence Against Women Act.
Forum: Blasting through the glass ceiling.
Comfort zone: Crime declines for record 8th straight year.
The cost of doing business: Mesa PD battles overtime overrun.
Not-so-deadly force: More departments explore non-lethal options.
With both barrels: NYPD blasts away at harshly critical Fed report.
Feeling frisky: Review panel rips NYPD over stop & frisk practices.

 People & Places

How a 6-year-old rocked the Miami PDNew city manager & police chief named in the wake of Elian Gonzalez episode

      The shakeup continued in Miami this month with the replacement of City Manager Donald Warshaw, who lost his bid to remain on the job when a circuit judge lifted the temporary restraining order that had prevented Mayor Joe Carollo from firing the former police chief.
      In Warshaw’s place, Carollo swore in Carlos Gimenez, 46, the city’s fire chief, during a rushed ceremony at City Hall on May 9. Gimenez, who came to the United States from Cuba when he was 6, said his first order of business would be ensuring a smooth transition from Warshaw to himself. He said he had already had a “cordial conversation” with Warshaw on the subject. ..

‘We’re outa here’

      The appointment of a police commissioner to oversee the Newton Grove, Del., Police Department and act as a liaison has apparently caused such a conflict that the entire force has resigned in protest.
      Chief John Conerly, along with one full-time officer, five part-time officers and two reserve officers worked their last day on May 1. “This isn’t something I planned,” Conerly told The Wilmington Star-News. “It’s something I feel like I needed to do for my career. [The other officers] came to the same conclusion.”..

Leading edge

      He might have been a rookie when Ike was still in the White House, but in the 40 years that Salt Lake City Police Chief Ruben Ortega has served in law enforcement, his ideas have always been cutting edge, said Minneapolis Police Chief Robert Olson, who as president of the Police Executive Research Forum presented Ortega this month with the organization’s Leadership Award.
      Ortega, who retired last December after eight years as chief in Salt Lake, spent the bulk of his career with the Phoenix Police Department. He served 31 years with that agency, 11½ at the helm. He joined PERF, he said, as “early as they would have me.” ..

Changing times

      When Sheriff Don Hozempa began his law enforcement career in 1973, Wright County, Minn., was such a quiet jurisdiction that deputies used to play tricks on each other to liven up lonely nights while patrolling the newly opened — and virtually empty — Interstate 94.
      Not so anymore. Now, “it is just calls, calls, calls,” said the 55-year-old Hozempa, who retired this month after nearly 11 years as sheriff so he could “…sit out on the back step and smell the air.” He will be succeeded by Gary Miller, who also joined the department back in the early 1970s...

By the book

      It’s not that High Point, N.C., Police Officer Jeff Pate did not expect his new thriller to do well, but cracking’s top 40 best sellers for his genre was something the 16-year police police veteran didn’t think would happen so fast.
      Pate’s self-published book, “Winner Take All,” follows Special Agent Clark Hager on the trail of a serial killer. After two months in circulation, the book has sold about 2,000 copies and has attracted the attention of Bantam-Dell which might be interested in printing the thriller’s paperback run...

Try, try again
With new PC, Baltimore hopes to replicate NYC’s success

      Under pressure to bring down Baltimore’s homicide rate, city officials are giving New York-style crime fighting techniques a chance under the leadership of the NYPD’s former chief anti-crime strategist, Edward T. Norris, whom the City Council unanimously approved as police commissioner on May 8.
      As an architect of the New York City Police Department’s aggressive policing plan, the 40-year-old Norris is credited with helping to bring that city’s homicide rate down from 2,200 in 1990 to less than 700 last year. The former NYPD official was hired in December by Baltimore Mayor Martin O’Malley, who had pledged to cut the city’s murders by 40 percent over the next two years by targeting and capturing Baltimore’s most violent criminals...